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Exhibition of Belarusian icons opens in Vatican: President Lukashenko to visit it May 21

An exhibition of Belarusian icons opened in the Vatican. This is the first such exhibition from the entire Eastern Europe. The famous Vatican Museum, which is located close to the Sistine Chapel, features more than 30 works that demonstrate the traditions of the Belarusian icon painting of the XVII century. The President of Belarus has sent congratulations to the organizers and participants of the exhibition.

The showing of Belarusian national icons in the Vatican before the official opening of the exhibition was named one of the top events of the Year of Belarusian culture.

Each icon is under glass. These are cultural, historical and restoration masterpieces. Some works were not seen by the general public before. There was no scientific description for some of them! It took the restorers of the National Art Museum six months to restore the author's layers millimeter by millimeter.

The Belarusian iconography exhibition is devoted to a significant event of the Catholic world - Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, which is held this year under the motto Merciful Like The Father. The organizers have promised that they will hold a similar exhibition in Belarus. It is open in the Vatican until July 25.

Last time Belarusian icons were on display in the Apennines in the galleries of Milan and Trieste in 2004-2005. These exhibitions aroused great interest of European art audience to Belarus' art. He presented a unique collection of the National Art Museum.

It is expected that on Saturday, Alexander Lukashenko will also visit the exhibition. Before that, on May 20, the Belarusian President begins his visit to Italy and the Vatican. As expected, President Alexander Lukashenko is going to meet with his Italian counterpart Sergio Mattarella. And, of course, everyone expects the Belarusian leader's meeting with Pope Francis.

The mutual interest of Belarus and Italy is confirmed by actual numbers. In 2014, the countries reached a record turnover - more than $2 billion. In 2015, Belarus received about 30 million dollars of Italian investment. 

Many joint projects were successfully implemented such as the modernization of the Belarusian Steel Works (BMZ), the production in Belarus of drilling rigs and surgical instruments. More than 200 companies with Italian capital are registered in Belarus. The country considers promising the development of cooperation in the automotive and mechanical engineering, in the field of science and technology.

In 2015, Belarus took part in the World Exhibition EXPO 2015 in Milan. The Belarusian pavilion occupied an area of ​​more than 1,000 m2 and was named among the top ten most memorable among the 54 national pavilions.

In February 2016, Belarus was visited by a delegation of representatives of state agencies and business circles of Italy. Visits at the highest level also contributed to the development of the bilateral relations.

In April 2009, Alexander Lukashenko visited Italy and the Vatican, met with Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and Pope Benedict. In November the same year, Silvio Berlusconi visited Minsk, signed a number of international agreements, including the agreement on economic cooperation.

The warm relations connect Belarus and the Vatican. Belarus was more than once visited by distinguished guests from that city-state. In 2015, it was Cardinal Pietro Parolin - the second person in the Vatican. Alexander Lukashenko asked the guest to hand a gift to Pope Francis - the icon "Immaculate Heart of Mary", which is made according to ancient Belarusian technologies.

Exhibition of Belarusian icons opens in Vatican: President Lukashenko to visit it May 21